Bulldogs dominate home mats at Dogfight Duals

The third period is usually foreign to 130-pound senior Kyle Kostur. But, Kostur wrestled in the third for the second time this season on Saturday.

The first was at the Dec. 7 tournament in Las Vegas, were the Bulldogs finished in an unexpected second place. Unlike the shock in the desert, Kostur saw the difficulty of Saturday's match at the Dogfight Duals, because he was up against No. 2 ranked Rudy Pino of the Adams City Eagles.

The match didn't see a point scored until the second minute of the second period, when Pino escaped from Kostur. Kostur repaid the favor in nearly the same amount of time in the third period by escaping, and iced the match by taking Pino down twice in the final minute of the last period, giving Kostur a 7-5 win over the Eagle.

"We were both strong on our feet, so the first period we were really feeling each other out," Kostur said. "But once I escaped in the third, and got my first take down, I knew I had him."

The decision is second the senior 130-pounder has had this season, the rest of 19 matches he has wrestled have been decided by pins.

Behind competent wrestling displays such as Kostur's, the Bulldogs went on to win their eighth Dogfight Duals Saturday. The 'Dogs wrestled a total of six duals during the weekend, and the closest any team came to beating them was the 45-22 point dual they had with No. 6 ranked Adams City.

Adams City wasn't the lone ranked team to grace the Moffat County gym, the No. 9 ranked Valley Vikings were there as well. They fell to the Bulldogs by the score of 59-12.

It wasn't just ranked teams the Bulldogs had to endure for two days, but ranked wrestlers,too. Valley brought in two state ranked wrestlers in 119-pounder Bobby Meisner and 171-pound Eddie Rodriguez both won their respective matches.

The Bulldogs did endure one real upset, when senior 135-pounder Ryan Linsacum lost a 9-7 decision to R.J. Quintana of Adams City. Linsacum was behind 5-1 after the first period, and didn't come on until late in the third.

"I didn't expect Ryan to get beat," Coach Roman Gutierrez said. "But, it's hard to battle back from that large of a deficit early in a match."

Initially the Bulldogs didn't wrestle up to their billing, struggling in Friday's opening matches. Gutierrez anticipated the sluggish start, because his team hadn't wrestled since the Dec.14 and 15 Warrior Classic.

"We have had some 20 days off since our last matches, and the kids did look a little rusty starting out," Gutierrez said. "By the end of the duals we got better, and by the end of this week we'll be back in regular form."

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